Airplane was a satirical, slap-stick comedy released
in 1980. In other parts of the world, the movie
was titled Flying High. The movie borrowed
some things from past movies, including a movie called
Zero Hour (1957) and another called Airport
1975. The movie was a great financial success
and is still considered one of the funniest movies ever
released. The movie starred Robert Hays as Ted
Striker, Julie Hagerty as Elaine Dickinson, Leslie
Nielsen as Dr. Rumack, Lloyd Bridges as Steve McCroskey,
Robert Stack as Captain Rex Kramer, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
as Roger Murdock. A sequel was released in 1982
with cast additions like William Shatner.
In the original movie, Ted Striker is a shell-shocked,
retired fighter pilot who is afraid to fly. His
girlfriend, Elaine, is a flight attendant, and his
shenanigans force her to leave him. In an attempt
to win her back, Striker boards a plane. When
everyone on board, including the pilots, become
incapacitated from a sickness they get from eating
tainted fish, Elaine is forced to set the plane on
auto-pilot, which is essentially a blow-doll named Otto.
Without somebody to land it, the plane is destined to
tower supervisor calls Striker's old commanding officer,
Rex Kramer, the ground crew goes about the business of
convincing Striker to grow a pair and to land the plane.
And, he does! The movie ends with the emptied
plane taking back off with Otto once again at the helm,
and a female blow-up companion in the co-pilot seat.